It may sound like a cliché, but Brazilian football genuinely does combine technique, talent, spectacle and end product. Wendell Lira proved that once again last year with a breathtaking bicycle-kick which has been voted by users of FIFA.com and francefootball.fr as the best goal of 2015.
As he strode into the opposition penalty area, Wendell Lira exchanged a quick glance with his team-mate on the ball, who promptly lofted a pass over the defence. Without breaking his stride, the forward twisted around and leapt into the air to connect and bury a wonderful bicycle-kick. The goalscorer will no doubt long remember that moment on 11 March, and not simply because it put Goianesia ahead against Atletico-GO in a Goias state championship game they eventually won 2-1.
Above all, that acrobatic finish has earned him the 2015 FIFA Puskás Award, with second place in the vote going to Argentina's Lionel Messi, while Italian international Alessandro Florenzicame in third. Lira becomes the latest player to collect this award after Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), Hamit Altintop (2010), Neymar (2011), Miroslav Stoch (2012), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2013) and James Rodriguez (2014).